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Contact: Dan Johnson, (435) 781-7702
Dinosaur, Colorado & Jensen, Utah – Jones Hole Creek is open to recreational access within the monument. There has been no noticeable contamination of the stream inside the monument from the septic line break at the Jones Hole Fish Hatchery managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).
Water samples that were tested in several locations along the creek downstream from the hatchery revealed that fecal coliform bacteria (E. coli) were extremely low and well within acceptable levels for recreational access such as swimming and fishing. Based on the water samples and recommendations from the US Public Health Service and Tri-County Health Department, the closure to recreational access has been lifted.
As always, backcountry campers and hikers are strongly advised to properly treat all water collected from streams or springs before drinking due to the presence of naturally occurring micro-organisms and bacteria.
For more information on Dinosaur National Monument, call us at (435) 781-7700. You can also follow DinosaurNPS on social media.